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How can Robotics bring STEM learning to life? – The Tech Edvocate. Classes spark STEM interests - Black Hills Pioneer: Local News. SPEARFISH — There’s a mobile device app for everything it seems, and now some have been designed by middle schoolers in Spearfish.

Classes spark STEM interests - Black Hills Pioneer: Local News

A series of classes taught at Spearfish Middle School is designed the give students experience in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). They are under the umbrella of Project Lead the Way, a national organization that began in 1997. In Spearfish, the classes have been taught for three years. One of the classes is App Creators (computer science 1.) In this course, students learn how to create computer programs, and for a final project, students interview people to find out their needs, and then create an app catering to those requirements. In a previous trimester, one student created a flashlight app while another created an app designed to give shoppers easy access to stores’ advertisements. Dagit said the biggest benefit of the courses is they are based around projects. ‘Makerspaces’ for science instruction also proving helpful for English learners. Credit: PAT MAIO / EDSOURCE TODAY Fourth-grade students at Wilson Elementary School in Sanger, Calif., participate in a makerspace activity, which many education experts say helps these English Language learners build their language skills.

‘Makerspaces’ for science instruction also proving helpful for English learners

Educators are finding that the new “makerspace” movement – a strategy to teach K-12 students science, math and technology through hands-on activities – is providing the added benefit of helping English learners become more proficient in the language. A Hero For The Arts And Sciences: Upcoming Marvel Covers Promote STEAM Fields. Invincible Iron Man — featuring the debut of a new hero, Riri Williams — is one five books Marvel is using to promote science, math, and arts disciplines through a series of covers.

A Hero For The Arts And Sciences: Upcoming Marvel Covers Promote STEAM Fields

Courtesy of Marvel hide caption toggle caption Courtesy of Marvel Invincible Iron Man — featuring the debut of a new hero, Riri Williams — is one five books Marvel is using to promote science, math, and arts disciplines through a series of covers. Courtesy of Marvel Typically superheroes spend their summertime helming big budget franchises for movie studios. Calif. arts-education deficit emboldens advocates to turn STEM into STEAM. Arts educators in California are joining forces to demand that schools recognize arts classes as not just optional but integral to STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) learning.

Calif. arts-education deficit emboldens advocates to turn STEM into STEAM

The original intent of STEM education was to increase U.S. competitiveness in the global marketplace of workers. Teachers from various disciplines including reading, athletics, and the arts have tried to argue their respective subjects can enhance STEM learning and, therefore, should be included in the funding priorities. While mechanical engineer Norman Fortenberry says integrating different subjects can bolster learning, he says that's not the real issue. "The real issue is money, and whether the funding exists to expand beyond the four main subjects," explains Fortenberry who heads the American Society for Engineering Education. Or as was articulated in "Education Week," "How can you focus on other subjects (such as art) without losing the mission of STEM or watering down its primary purpose? "

Sobering: Gen Z on track to cause major IT, STEM crisis - eCampus News. According to recent data, Gen Z demands that devices and software—and the support required to use them—be woven into their daily lives; yet, most of this digital native generation has no interest in having an IT career.

Sobering: Gen Z on track to cause major IT, STEM crisis - eCampus News

So who, exactly, will provide the technology and support needed to satisfy the future generation? It’s yet another cold water splash on the STEM fields that have been in crisis in the U.S. for years. Preparing the next generation for jobs that don't yet exist. It’s evident we live in a digital world.

Preparing the next generation for jobs that don't yet exist

This past decade has seen rapid and massive advances in technology that has opened doors to new fields of study and created new industries overnight. Think back to 2000 when the world was focused on the Y2K bug and mobile phones were just making it on the scene. Now fast forward to 2016, where we find ourselves engulfed in an entirely new tech revolution – social media, self-driving cars, augmented reality (hello Pokemon Go!) Culinary arts integration: Turning STEM into STEAM. Finding ways to integrate the arts in science, technology, engineering and math fields -- STEM to STEAM -- can be a daunting task for many teachers; fortunately, culinary arts integration and STEM are a natural fit.

Culinary arts integration: Turning STEM into STEAM

Culinary arts integration is a highly flexible and engaging project-based learning activity, ideal for STEM education. The STEM goals of collaboration, inquiry and logical reasoning are easily fostered and the Next Generation Science Standards can also be targeted. One of the difficulties of the STEM movement is that the term itself can be vague and the definition subjective.

Blog - STEAM-Powered Classroom. Five-Minute Film Festival: 8 Videos to Encourage Girls in STEM. There are some wonderful discussions in the Edutopia community right now about girls and STEM education -- have a peek at Women (and Girls) in STEM or Are We Getting Too Aggressive Promoting STEM to Girls?

Five-Minute Film Festival: 8 Videos to Encourage Girls in STEM

The fact is, women still make up less than a quarter of the STEM workforce in the United States, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce.